TAYLORSVILLE (ABC4 News) – Police are praising a responsible student after a gun threat was brought to the attention of authorities.
The probable cause statement describes two brothers brandishing a handgun in a Snapchat video in the parking lot of Taylorsville High School.
The two called it “flexing” and were heard making threats against individuals and zooming in on female students.
The call came in at about 4:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, and police arrested both brothers by 6:30 the same evening.
One was a student at the high school and is 16 years old, the other is 22-year-old Eduardo Banuelos Trujillo who now faces three felony charges.
When the two were arrested, police said they found two handguns and multiple knives.
In the hours after the event, Granite School District officials released the following letter to staff and parents.
We wanted to alert you to a situation that has developed this afternoon in our school community. Several students and parents reported that a fellow student was posting images on social media of themselves handling a weapon. Police immediately initiated an investigation and the student and weapon is now in custody.
To be clear, we are not aware of any threats being made against individuals, students or the school. Regardless, the posting of such content by a minor who is not legally able to be in the possession of a weapon was sufficient for law enforcement to take action. This investigation is being handled by the Unified Police, so we are limited on details at this point. However, we anticipate additional school and district level investigation into the actions of this student.
Meanwhile, we want to reassure students and parents that there is no threat and that school will proceed as normal tomorrow. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school directly.
This is a sobering reminder that parents should secure firearms and other weapons in their homes to ensure that minors do not have access to those items. Additionally, we need the support of parents to monitor their children’s social media/smart phone use, so they are aware of the potential for inappropriate content to be shared.
We are very grateful for the students and parents who reported those posts. Thank you for your help and support as we work to keep kids safe.